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The spread of tipping point in academic journals

August 13, 2014 by

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There are many definitions of tipping point in use today, especially in the sciences. In academia tipping point tends to be used in different ways according to the discipline in which it is used, however, there are also some interesting similarities. Below are some examples of how tipping point is used in the physical and […]

Eco-tipping points and the power of narrative in literature

August 5, 2014 by

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A narrative is a story, a sequence of written or spoken words. It is in many ways the foundation that all literature stands upon, that makes language intelligible and shares understanding, whether it is a fictional or factual event. Thus if narratives of various kinds structure the imagined world, they also structure reality, our social […]

Short-term cultural memory and affinity pave the way for innovation

Recent research from the Tipping Points project led by Professor Alex Bentley, Dr Camila Caiado and Dr Paul Ormerod reveals the importance of cultural memory to the spread of innovation. For the study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, the team investigated the role of memory in small and large populations using a […]

Tipping Points Annual Report 2013-14

IHRR’s Tipping Points project has now published its fourth annual report. It provides recent updates on the multiple strands of its research that combines different fields in the physical and social sciences, and arts and humanities. The project has generated a tremendous amount of academic research exploring the many different kinds of tipping points in […]

Recent findings from the Tipping Points project

Spread of smoking behaviour in populations through multiple peer influence Researchers from the Tipping Points project have developed a new modelling approach for understanding the spread of unhealthy behaviours through multiple peer influence, such as people’s tendency to follow social norms by imitating their peers or in response to peer pressure, using smoking as a case study. Peer influence […]

The Cold after the Summer of Snowden

Dr Philip Garnett, a researcher on the Tipping Points project, reports on the 30th Chaos Communications Congress he attended in Hamburg, Germany in December that addressed topical issues such as mass surveillance, the future of the Internet and the Snowden affair. The 30th Chaos Communication Congress (30C3) was always going to have at its heart the events surrounding the leaks […]

Tipping Points Annual Report 2012-2013

This has been a busy and productive year for the Tipping Points project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. With all five Work Packages (WPs) now active the Tipping Points team have produced research on a wide variety of ‘tipping points’, carrying the project forward into new frontiers of knowledge, and creating opportunities to encourage new […]

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